Deportations to Haiti resume, 112 Haitian nationals to be deported today

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As political unrest begins to quell in Haiti, 112 Haitian nationals are scheduled to depart New Providence today onboard a Bahamasair flight at 7:00 a.m. en route to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. “This will be the first scheduled repatriation flight into Haiti in weeks after the country experienced recent unrest,” outlined a statement released […]

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Suspected measles case reported by Min. of Health

NASSAU, BAHAMAS -The Ministry of Health advised on Wednesday that its public health team is presently investigating a suspected case of measles in a four-year-old child visiting The Bahamas. “On  February 18, 2019, the Ministry was notified of a child which presented to a private health care facility in New Providence with fever, red eyes, […]

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Strike action imminent for Morton Salt Union

Union remains resolute   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The three employees who were suspended last week by the Morton Bahamas Salt Company in Inagua have returned to work, president of the Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers & Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU) Jennifer Brown confirmed Wednesday. In a letter, company officials indicated that the employees were suspended because they […]

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RBDF: Smuggling trends, patterns have changed

Releases strategy to address human smuggling through decentralization program   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The vessel used in the latest boating tragedy which saw the loss of 31 Haitian migrants earlier this month off mainland Abaco, is a classic example of how trends and patterns have changed when it comes to illegal migration, the Royal Bahamas […]

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Commonwealth Brewery Limited makes 73 jobs redundant

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Another group of persons will join the unemployment line as Commonwealth Brewery Limited (CBL) announced on Monday that the jobs of 73 employees were made redundant. A statement released yesterday from the company outlined that CBL recently implemented a new structure for the company’s retail division, 700 Wines and Spirits, and the […]

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Immigration apprehends 23 foreign nationals over the weekend

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In its continued effort to crack down on persons who are residing in The Bahamas illegally, the Department of Immigration apprehended a total of 23 foreign nationals over the weekend in New Providence and on the island of Eleuthera. The Department of Immigration said a total of 11 Haitian nationals and one […]

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Govt. halts deportations to Haiti; RBDF apprehends 64 in Exuma chain

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Due to political unrest and violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Government said it has temporarily ceased all deportations to that impoverished country. A statement released Saturday from the Office of the Prime Minister outlined that the decision follows the temporary closure of The Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince and the recall of all […]

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Govt. points out deficiencies in EU’s “High Risk Third Countries” list

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government moved to respond on Sunday to last week’s scathing review by the European Union College of Commissioners, which listed The Bahamas among high-risk countries for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) deficiencies. The international body believes that The Bahamas has some work to do in regards to cracking down […]

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PLP chairman hits back at AG for criticizing boycott of HOA and Senate

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While Attorney General Carl Bethel lambasted the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on the floor of the Senate last Friday for boycotting Senate and House of Assembly proceedings, the PLP on Sunday said the Free National Movement (FNM) was seeking to confuse the issue of why the boycott is actually taking place. At […]

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D’Aguilar pleased with new gaming tax

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Having reached an agreement with gaming operators on Wednesday, Dionisio D’Aguilar, the minister with responsibility for gaming, said he is satisfied with the taxes that the government is presently getting under the new agreement, as to take the matter to court would have taken years. “We are doubling the take that we […]

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Sears gives govt. advice to address EU’s listing of The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After the Bahamas was listed earlier this week by the European Union College of Commissioners as a high-risk country for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) deficiencies, a former attorney general on Thursday cautioned the government against rushing off to the EU’s headquarters in Brussels to make any ‘ill-considered appeasements and […]

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Government reaches agreement with gaming operators

Major says govt must take a deeper look at its national tax regime   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After months of negotiations, the government has finally reached an agreement with gaming operators to increase taxes on the gaming industry and collect the payment of back taxes. A statement issued Wednesday from the Office of the Prime […]

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Carmen Kemp tells BUSAWU’s president to ‘go back to work’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Carmen Kemp, the former president of The Bahamas Utility Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) on Tuesday advised current president Dwayne Woods to simply return to work. Woods confirmed that he has been on administrative leave for the past seven years. Earlier this week, he told Eyewitness News that he was sick […]

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BUSAWU president to take legal action

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – President of The Bahamas Utility Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) Dwayne Woods said he is prepared to take legal action against the Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) after the corporation’s executive chairman revealed his salary to the media on Sunday. “Let me make it abundantly clear that all of the numbers […]

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Gibson: Woods gets $60,000 per year without ever coming to work

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Executive Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Adrian Gibson, on Sunday sought to set the record straight on a number of claims levied last Friday by president of The Bahamas Utility Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) Dwayne Woods. At a press conference held last week, Woods said line staff at […]

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Sybil Strachan Primary to reopen today following confirmed reports of scabies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Following a scabies outbreak last week, teachers and students at the Sybil Strachan Primary School on Carmichael Road are expected to return to school today. Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands confirmed on Friday that there were between 18 and 23 confirmed cases of scabies at the school, and infected students are […]

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Another body retrieved from waters

Total body count stands at 30; capsized vessel was carrying 83 persons   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The death toll of Haitian migrants who perished when their boat capsized last weekend continues to rise after another body believed to be that of a Haitian national was retrieved from waters in Abaco on Wednesday. A statement released […]

PM skirts talks of Oban deal

Says he’s not interested in talking “nonsense”   FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA –  While concerns still  linger over the proposed Oban project – a multibillion-dollar oil refinery and storage facility pegged for East Grand Bahama – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis told reporters on Tuesday that he was not in Grand Bahama to discuss ‘nonsense’ when […]